California Bans Handguns!?!
After reading the following article, I’m sitting here scratching my head trying to figure out under what set of circumstances would a private citizen in California be able to carry a handgun without having to apply for a conceal-carry license or just outright breaking the law. I can’t think of any. Can you?
Considering that California is a “May Issue” state wherein it is up to the discretion of the County Sheriff or local Police Chief to issue or, more often than not, deny CCW permits, carrying a handgun is a rarity among Californians. Now, you can’t even carry an unloaded handgun in California without breaking the law! In effect, California has just banned law abiding citizens from carrying handguns!
H/T – PB-in-AL
Second Amendment Takes Double Shot in California
Kevin Glass – Townhall.com
A double-whammy came down today against gun rights advocates in California. First, the California Assembly voted to prohibit the open carry of unloaded handguns. Current law had allowed unloaded weapons to be carried openly in public.
“You are disarming our citizens” while doing little to disarm criminals, said Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber.”It is not just the right to keep, it is the right to bear arms,” said Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks.
California Democrats had seized upon the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in the bill’s introduction. Unable to pass a bill last year that accomplished the same goal, they brought a similar measure to the Assembly days after the Giffords tragedy in Arizona.
The second blow came (where else?) in a U.S. district coutroom, where a judge claimed that “there is no constitutional right to carry a handgun in public” – something that came as a surprise to Second Amendment lawyer Alan Gura, who litigated the case on the side of gun rights advocates.
Judge Morrison England, a Bush appointee, handed down the decision. The real irony, though? Judge England argued that, because California law allowed the open carry of unloaded weapons meant that gun rights advocates’ concern for individual safety could be superceded. I wonder what he would have said if he knew, on this very day, that Democrats in the Assembly would be eliminating his rationale to overrule Californians’ Second Amendment rights?Explore posts in the same categories: Abuse of Power, politics, U.S. Constitution